Just now posting this as I had saved it while on the plane but forgot to post. Still feel this way about the Japan and Okinawa trip. Memories made and friends made.
As this is already my Thursday and I started at 4am, I start my journey back to the USA. I am mixed with emotions. I want to stay but I know I must go home. To explain I must say that having traveled the world my entire life, there is something about the Japanese culture that brings me back to my childhood. Lived in Japan and Okinawa for the first 10 years of my life and then lived in Hawaii for the next 3 years. The okinawa and japanese people are some of the most loving, caring and pleasing people you will ever meet. They always go above and beyond any expectations you may have about a culture.They are very family oriented and love children and especially other people’s children. When you see someone nod the head and slightly bow it is a greeting but when they bow and bend over even more it is a sign of respect. Here in Japan and Okinawa it is shown with great respect. I have found myself reverting back to the customs I was brought up with and a feeling of I am back home. Growing up my mother and father spoke japanese and it has come right back to me so that has made my stay here a little easier. I do know that I will be back and look forward to bringing my wife Robin with me. To my new friends on the Air Force Base of Kadena Okinawa I say Sayōnara or jaa ne.
To all the people that I have met and to the island of Japan and Okinawa I wish to say:
Wareware wa futatabi ai, arigatō made